VR


Parable moves to TV with first VR original for C4

Channel 4 has commissioned its first virtual reality original from VR studio Parable, named Grenfell: Our Home, as the studio moves to television. Grenfell will be an immersive documentary that tells the stories of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire, focusing on their lives and homes before the fire. The piece will premiere at Sheffield […]

UK’s Breaking Fourth launches VR series Bro Bots

British virtual reality studio Breaking Fourth has launched a new virtual reality (VR) series, Bro Bots, during the Tribeca Film Festival. The first six-minute episode, entitled Bro Bots Go Sky High, premiered yesterday during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival as part of Samsung VR Video’s Pilot Season. Samsung VR Video Pilot Season is a new […]

Ex-Discovery VR boss co-founds new VR studio

A new virtual reality (VR) studio co-founded by two former Discovery executives – including the former head of Discovery VR – has launched. Previously in “non-public stealth mode,” San Francisco-based Tomorrow Never Knows describes itself as is a content, technology and research studio. The company was co-founded by former Discovery VR chief Nathan Brown (pictured) and […]

VR and AR set for record growth but ‘not ready for primetime’

US research firm The Diffusion Group (TDG) has published TV and video projections for the coming year, in which it sounded a note of caution about the near-term prospects of VR. TDG said its consistent view is that VR will “take a long time to gestate among gamers and other early adopters before it’s ready […]

BBC launches VR production studio

The BBC has launched a virtual reality production studio, BBC VR Hub, in a bid to explore “how VR can create real audience impact”. Head of commissioing for VR Hub, Zillah Watson, said that the new unit will work closely with BBC programme makers and digital experts and will create VR content across a range […]

One in 10 of US homes could buy VR headsets

Some 9% of US broadband households plan to buy a virtual reality headset within the next year, according to Parks Associates. The research firm’s Virtual Reality: Disrupting the Entertainment Experience report said that VR ‘purchase intentions’ had nearly doubled since 2016 when 5% planned to buy a VR headset. Samsung’s Gear VR currently leads the […]

Factual Hot Picks

Following the Sunny Side of the Doc event in La Rochelle, France, TBI profiles five hot factual projects currently making an impression from Grayson Perry’s Divided Britain to France 2’s Age of the Builders – Notre Dame.   Grayson Perry: Divided Britain Transvestite artist Grayson Perry first came to attention in 2003 when he won the prestigious Turner […]

IHS: VR content market to hit $3bn

The global virtual reality entertainment market is projected to reach US$3.024 billion in 2021. According to IHS Markit research, VR entertainment was worth an estimated US$222 million in 2016. IHS Markit expects in-home VR entertainment content spend to be dominated by interactive content over the forecast period – namely games, experiences and apps – with […]

MTG launches VR platform Viareal

MTG has launched a virtual reality app, offering extensions from its linear TV shows and from sports and eSports events, as well as exclusive VR-content. Viareal is MTG’s first VR app and is available across the Nordic region for up-to-date Android and iOS devices, Gear VR and a range of other VR headsets. Viewers will […]

Facebook makes AR push, launches VR app

Facebook signalled a major push into augmented reality and launched a VR app for communicating with friends at its F8 conference yesterday. Speaking at the developers event in San Jose, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s new Camera Effects Platform, which is designed to giving developers the power to build AR tools. “If you […]